By Earl Swift

An unforgettable ode to American vehicle tradition, award-winning writer Earl Swift's clever, humorous, and eye-catching narrative follows an outlaw-genius motorhead as he makes an attempt to revive an iconic 1957 Chevy from rusted-out spoil to sparkling, chromed paintings of yank art--before the FBI closes in

A vintage '57 Chevy, in wretched form: Its surviving paint is sun-bleached, salt-pocked, and cracked like a dry lakebed. Its engine hasn't grew to become over in years. Slumped between 1000s of different rusting hulks on a windswept patch of jap North Carolina, the Chevy conjures up not one of the Jet Age optimism that made it the main liked and immediately recognizable vehicle to ever roll off an meeting line.

But for its not going rescuer--a felon arrested seventy-odd occasions, and a guy who's been written off as a break himself--the Chevy isn't junk, it's a fossil of the twentieth-century American event, of a humans dedicated to and endlessly replaced by means of the car. For Tommy Arney, it's a bit of historical past, particularly so simply because its decrepit pores and skin conceals a unprecedented asset: a whole provenance, stretching again greater than fifty years via twelve earlier vendors. So, hassled through banks and the FBI, the Chevy's 13th proprietor embarks on a venture to avoid wasting the automobile and guard the lengthy checklist of human event it consists of with it--before his personal risky demons doom him and the car.

Earl Swift's masterful narrative charts the transferring desires and fortunes of the folks who've gripped this endangered icon's steerage wheel, and within the approach captures America's unusual and abiding courting with the auto as no publication has prior to.

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